2011 - Capitol releases Luke Bryan's "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)".

 

2004 - Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley perform for president George W. Bush when ABC tapes "An American Celebration At Ford's Theatre." The Kelsey Grammer-hosted show also features Patti LaBelle, Jessica Simpson and David Spade, among others.

 

1998 - Jo Dee Messina sings "Lesson In Leavin'" during her Grand Ole Opry debut, the same evening that Opry manager Bob Whittaker asks Diamond Rio to join the cast.

 

1992 - Willie Nelson's Farm Aid V plays to about 40,000 fans in Irving, Texas, with Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Joe Walsh, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lorrie Morgan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ricky Van Shelton, The Kentucky HeadHunters, Hal Ketchum and Paul Simon.

 

1984 - Susie Brown born in Utah. She becomes one-half of the JaneDear girls, who nab a hit in 2011 with their debut single, "Wildflower".

 

1972 - "Help Me Make It Through The Night" is a double-winner during the 14th annual Grammy awards in New York, claiming Best Country Song for Kris Kristofferson and Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, for Sammi Smith.

1972 - California Governor Ronald Reagan pardons Merle Haggard for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in prison.

 

1970 - Kristian Bush born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He becomes a member of the Atlanta-based Sugarland, which earns the Country Music Associations's Vocal Duo honor in 2007, three years after its debut.

 

1970 - Merle Haggard's "The Fightin' Side Of Me" goes to #1 on the Billboard country chart.

 

1945 - Michael Martin Murphey born in Oak Cliff, Texas. After registering a major pop hit in 1975 with "Wildfire," he becomes a significant country artist the following decade, eventually recording cowboy albums for Warner Western.